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Poems For Remembrance Day: Where The Scarlet River Flows

Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

Old Comrades remembered

November 2016

November 2016

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Lest we Forget

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Where The Scarlet River Flows

She wandered through the scarlet flood

Lost in the sanguine holocaust

Souls of heroes beneath her feet

Who could have reckoned the cost

Remembrance day is bittersweet

For young dreams had withered and died

A handful of precious dust, gone

In a river of lost tomorrows

Chiseled on her pale granite face

Pride mingles with regret

Her head bows in silent prayer

At the eleventh hour of sorrow

From every corner of this earth

They fought to banish tyranny

For our today, they gave their all

And the nation mourns for what is lost

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But words are simply not enough

To assuage the surge of sorrow

On this cold dark November day

A vigil of remembrance

Their blankets shining poppy red

The fallen, and brave veterans

© J. Alexis-Hagues November 2014

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Where The Poppies Grows

Yesterday brothers

Fighting for elusive dream-

Fields of poppies grow

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A field of red

Peaceful the slumber

Where blood red Papavers bloom

Flanders Sunset Glow

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In the Valley of the shadows

A humble soldier

Once more Into the valley,

Valour shining through

Tell Me Why The Good Die Young

When death mars the land

On shaky ground we stand

When lies taint our leader's tongue

Why do the good die young?


When hypocrisy and greed

Always seem to succeed

When ennui rains on everyone

Why do the good die young


Nefarious deeds reap reward

And love is just a silly word

Fortune comes from doing wrong

Tell me why the good die young


In times of tribulation

Evil thrives with jubilation

The best songs are yet to be sung

So tell me why the good die young


When life becomes a pointless game

In search of fifteen minutes fame

We shame the land from which we sprung

Oh tell me why the good die young


They sleep within their box of pine

Supernovas no longer shine

As final breath escapes the lung

Please; tell me why the good die young



We bring them home with pomp and pride

Dazed parents walking side by side

The old should not outlive the young

Please, stop the good from dying young

© J. Alexis-Hagues November 2014

British Soldier

2 Para Falklands War 1982

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They fought for Queen and Country, They Fought for their Comrades

At The Going Down Of The Sun And In The Morning We Will Remember

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© 2012 Jo Alexis-Hagues

Comments

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 21, 2014:

Jamie, thank you for taking the time, this means a lot. I hope all is well with you and the family, please give the my best.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on November 21, 2014:

What an amazing tribute, filled with incredible poetry. Good Job Jo, very well written and presented. Jamie

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 21, 2014:

Frank, I'll take it however you wrap it up. :) Thank you my friend, much appreciated and my very best to you.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on November 21, 2014:

simply this I loved it!!! What the hell was that comment? I don't know what I said... maybe I meant simply amazlng

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 21, 2014:

Hi Chris, it's really lovely to see you... thanks for taking a look at this, in retrospect, I should have published the new poems individually but I wanted a remembrance day page where I can add something new every year. Unfortunately, most of my friends here did not get to see it, next time I'll hit the HP share button. Thanks again, have a great day and my best to you.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 21, 2014:

Hi Ann, thank you so much for taking the time, much appreciated. I hope you already know how much your opinion is valued. Remembrance week is always a sad time, but also a time to reflect. Glad you like the poem, have a wonderful day, my best always.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on November 21, 2014:

I'm with Bill on this one. How, oh how did I not see this before now?

Brilliant work Jo.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 21, 2014:

Jo, this is amazing. I especially loved the poem about the good dying young; you make some poignant comments in that.

Your illustrations are beautiful and you've picked some great quotes and poems to go with yours. Beautifully put together and beautifully written.

Voted up and everything but funny, and shared.

Ann

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 16, 2014:

Bill, the sight of those poppies around the Tower of London really captured the imagination. An arrangement of 888,246 porcelain poppies, one for every British and Commonwealth soldier killed during WWl. The initial hub consisted of one haiku poem, I decided to add a few more poems for remembrance day. Thank you so much for taking a look, it means a lot. Enjoy what's left of the weekend. I'll be heading off to work soon, but we'll meet at the Mailbag in the morning. :)

My best always.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 16, 2014:

Why have I not seen this before? My goodness this was beautiful...and sad....and powerful....and so needed today. Jo, I just love this...and the scene with the poppies....WOW!

You did a superb job here my friend.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on June 16, 2012:

Thank you Debbie I'm so glad you liked it. All my best to you, take care.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on June 15, 2012:

what a beautiful picture and Haiku.. you really are good at this

blessings

Debbie

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 28, 2012:

Shiningirisheyes, welcome, and thank you for the nice comment, very much appreciated. Top of the day to you.

(too late for top of the morning:-)

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on May 28, 2012:

Stunning Haiku. Your love of all things nature really comes through.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 17, 2012:

Vinaya, many thanks for the visit and comment.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on May 17, 2012:

wonderfully done.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 13, 2012:

Voronwe, thank you, much appreciated.

Voronwe on May 13, 2012:

A great haiku! Captures many thoughts instantly. Loved it!

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 12, 2012:

Thanks Max, glad you liked it. Have a beautiful day.

BeyondMax from Sydney, Australia on May 12, 2012:

Amazing thought! Clever, very impressive, love it!

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 11, 2012:

Sue, many thanks, nice to see you.

Sueswan on May 11, 2012:

Hi Tobusiness

Beautiful!!

Take care :)

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 10, 2012:

Frank, very much appreciated, always good to see you.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on May 10, 2012:

simply this I loved it!!!

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 10, 2012:

Thank you Faith, very much appreciated, hope you're having a wonderful day.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 09, 2012:

Truly beautiful Haiku!!! I love poppies too. Well done. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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